Gas pipeline blast nets record $1.6 billion fine for California utility, newspaper reports

April 9, 2015 6:26 PM

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Pacific Gas & Electric Co. received a record $1.6 billion fine from the California Public Utility Commission for the 2010 explosion of a company natural gas transmission line that killed eight residents of San Bruno, a suburb of San Francisco, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday (April 9).

In a 4-0 vote, with one commissioner not participating, the commission cited the company for violating state and federal pipeline safety standards, the Times reported.

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